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Federal appeals court revives Sutter Health antitrust case

By Maria Castellucci  |  July 15, 2016

A class action lawsuit against Sutter Health claims that hundreds of thousands of Californians are paying higher insurance premiums because Sutter uses its monopoly power to charge higher rates.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

By Harris Meyer  |  March 11, 2016

California patients who want to take advantage of the state's new aid-in-dying law are likely to face challenges in finding cooperative providers, at least initially. But two major systems say they'll support physicians who participate.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

SEIU membership in Calif. grows with Kindred staffers

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 28, 2015

More than 220 employees at Kindred Hospital La Mirada in California voted to join the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU's growing membership is trying to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour and fully fund Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

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